This week I've been noticing colours, mostly seasonal colours as this time of year produces such rich, glossy colours, here are just some of the things I've recorded as I've been on my walks this week.
but first I want to share this photo I took a couple of weeks ago of a squirrel in our garden with a shiny, copper brown conker that it had just stripped of its outer layer. It was fascinating watching the little creature with its prize - it ran off with the conker no doubt to cache it away for darker, colder winter weather.
Lovely orange colours above and below in the gardens at Haddon Hall last Sunday where we went to listen to a performance by Piva in the great hall.
On Thursday we walked at Tittesworth, near Leek. The reservoir was very low after all the exceptionally dry weather we've been experiencing over the last few weeks.
I can't remember what the plant above is called but it was very colourful with its dark red leaves and black berries.
The soft, gossamer seeds of the Willow herbs were lining the paths and drifting around in the slight breeze.
This morning we walked around Trentham Gardens and lakeside. Above - a Dahlia in The Secret Garden - one of the small show gardens in the grounds.
Along the path we saw huge glossy red rose hips
More conkers on a Horse Chestnut tree
Sweet, juicy blackberries
and leaves changing colour
on some of the trees
Not quite so colourful but very seasonal and interesting were the different fungi we found on the forest floor.
A final burst of seasonal colour on the kitchen table - a bunch of cheerful red asters from the supermarket.